In preparation for the 2023 general election, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has ordered the distribution of weapons for officers across the country.
He also ordered all Commissioners of Police in the country to activate the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security to engage stakeholders in evolving strategies for mitigating threats to the elections.
The IG revealed this in a statement issued on Sunday by the Force spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
The IG noted that political violence, hate speech, threats, political intolerance and misinformation were all potential threats to national security interests,
“Similarly, the IGP has ordered a fresh distribution of gadgets, anti-riot gears, and personal protective equipment for police officers across the federation in preparation for the 2023 general election security management duty.
“The items include non-lethal weapons such as electro-shocks, rubber bullets, water cannons, tear gas, riot guns etc., for crowd control and to minimise casualty risk in eventual confrontations with subversive elements.
“The IG reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the protection of our democratic heritage and national security interests, while he called on other security agencies and stakeholders who constitute ICCES, as well as members of the public to deliberately aid the NPF in its drive to ensure the safety and security of all and sundry before, during, and after the 2023 general elections,” the statement read.